Event Calendar

August 05, 2017

Teeny Tiny Beach Party at The Family Aquatic Ctr

From 9:00AM to 11:00AM

Little ones up through age 5 will enjoy plenty of water fun with special guests at the facility during the party. The leisure pool, the streambed, and the sand play area will be open during this party. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Parents must accompany their children at this event.

Comic Con ‘17 @ The Urbana Free Library

From 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop culture and geeky things you love.  At Comic Con '17, all fandoms are embraced: from dungeon crawling D&Ders to Death Note loving otakus to gamers who just want one more hour of Minecraft™ or Super Smash Bros™, and hardcore Supernatural fans who make memes for every situation.  Events for all ages and fandoms. Enjoy Harry Potter Yoga, LARP with Belegarth, a Cosplay Workshop, a Steven Universe™ Sing-along, a Comic Art Workshop with Grant Thomas, Board Game Blitz, a Speed Drawing Contest, Local Board Game Demos, and more.  For a complete list of events, visit the Comic Con ’17 page on the Library’s websiteComic Con is generously sponsored by Illini Media and Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.  Thank you, Image Comics, First Second Books, FabLab, Pathfinder Society, and CUBED. For more information, contact Lauren Chambers (lchambers@urbanafree.org) or Rachel Fuller (rfuller@urbanafree.org) at 217-367-4405.

Decatur Celebration

Decatur Celebration organizers announced plans and headliners for the 32nd annual street festival to be held August 4th, 5th and 6th.

Headliners for this year’s event include Hip Hop & Rap artist Nelly, rock artist Bret Michaels, country music legend Travis Tritt, Christian band 7eventh Time Down, popular funk and R&B group Here Come the Mummies, emerging Christian Artist, Stars Go Dim and The Four Seasons Tribute Act The Jersey Tenors.A major change this year is the decision to create a fenced perimeter with designated entry points.  All adults must have a “Band Together” wristband to be admitted. In the past, wristbands were sold on the honor system and only needed at the point of purchase for food or drinks. The wristbands cost $5 for the weekend in advance and $8 for the weekend on site. Children 12 and under are free. Advance sales have started. The carnival will have a fenced perimeter for safety and security, but will not require the “Band Together” wristbands. The massive 3-day event blankets the downtown business district with show stages featuring national and emerging music artists, three blocks of  arts and crafters, the Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade and over 60 food vendors.

2017 Summer Reading Programs for All Ages

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This summer, make time to read the books you love and win prizes just for reading!  Read books of your choice (including eBooks and audiobooks), and attend fun programs. Get ready for Reading by Design!  2017 Summer Reading Program Information Brochure (Printable PDF)

For Children

  •     For children birth through those entering grade 6 – both readers and listeners.
  •     Each time you read at least 15 minutes, mark your reading log.
  •     Bring your completed log to the Library to receive a free book plus coupons for local businesses.
  •     For each additional log you complete, you will receive another free book!
  •     Parents and caregivers who read to a child registered in the program receive a free book.

For Teens

  •     For teens who have completed grades 6 through 12.
  •     Select books of your choice and keep track of the number of pages read.
  •     Every time you read 1,000 pages, come to the Library to pick out a free book from our selection of new books.
  •     Reading also enters you in a weekly raffle to win a complete book series.

For Adults

  •     For adults who love to read. Why let kids have all the fun?
  •     Read books of your choice and record your reading progress.
  •     After you read 4 books, stop by the Library to select a free book from our selection of popular books.
  •     Keep reading!  For each additional four books you complete, you will receive another free book!

The Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.